Logistics Market Snapshot – April Edition

by Martijn Graat on April 22, 2014

GEORGIA125Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Please find a few encouraging statistics of this month’s edition below: [click to continue…]

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What do Lego, IKEA, and Virgin Galactic have in common?

by Martijn Graat on April 22, 2014

SCL14_150sq_bannerWell, Lego and IKEA are both champions of modular design. Where Lego is all about letting you design your own things, IKEA is very much focused on minimizing logistics and supply chain cost related to their furniture by design. Ever noticed how most parts within an IKEA package fit together like pieces of Lego? Virgin Galactic’s will also be looking closely into how to get the payload that is required on board of one of their galactic flights into the minimum amount of space, fitting as much as possible together like Lego or IKEA packages. [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – March Edition

by Martijn Graat on March 17, 2014

GEORGIA125Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes.

To everybody visiting the Georgia Logistics Summit the next two days: enjoy! I’m sorry I can’t be there.

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A Truly Social Supply Chain

by Martijn Graat on March 17, 2014

PIGGYBEE125Social Supply Chain. If you follow the news on the web on Supply Chain (for example by following @LogisticsMatter ;-) ), there is no way this term is new to you. It’s a relatively new term and there is no one single meaning.

Social Supply Chain is often referred to when parties in a Supply Chain are using Social Media like tools to communicate or gather and exchange information. They may use internal or external social networks, or social features added to ERP systems and other supply chain software. The very nature of social networks makes them very suitable for exchanging information, collaborating, and sharing. [click to continue…]

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The ECT Container Terminal in Rotterdam – A Timelapse

by Martijn Graat on March 10, 2014

CranesToday I came across a great timelapse shot by Rotterdam photographer Ben Kleyn. I’ve been living in Rotterdam since 1995, and was born just south of the city. I love it and it’s getting better and better. Not sure if you know the new Koolhaas Rotterdam building or the new Market Hall that is being built but, well, they are awesome! [click to continue…]

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Logistics Market Snapshot – February Edition

by Martijn Graat on February 17, 2014

GEORGIA125Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Did you buy flowers for Valentines Day? A lot of flowers were shipped around the world to enable that. [click to continue…]

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LogisticsMatter is going to LogiCon. And you?

by Martijn Graat on February 10, 2014

Logicon2014For the third year in a row we are Media Partner for the European LogiCon conference February 11th-13th in the Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel in Amsterdam. Retail, CPG companies and solution providers come together to discuss the current and future state of supply chains.  The conference starts with a drill down day on Forecasting and Demand Planning. The theme of the day is: Innovating and Optimizing your Forecasting and Demand Planning Tools and Processes to Ensure They’re Future-Proof. [click to continue…]

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How FedEx beats DHL

by Martijn Graat on January 30, 2014

LM125Last week I came across this picture somewhere on the internet. It really made me smile and I saved it immediately. What I forgot is to make a note where I found it, so I must apologize for not being able to mention that source, although the original source is most probably FedEx.

It used to be mainly businesses that used express courier services to get urgent shipments delivered. Nowadays the parcel companies deliver millions of parcels, filled with goods ordered online, to homes as well. I wonder which customers are considered to be the most difficult for parcel companies, businesses or consumers? If you know, please leave a comment! :) [click to continue…]

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Want to Know All About Logistics and Supply Chain?

by Martijn Graat on January 25, 2014

HarborAt the start of the year the 5th edition of The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management has been published by Kogan Page. It’s a whopping 720 pages filled with a wealth of information on all aspects of the supply chain, from raw materials trough to final distribution of the finished product. The authors are Alan Rushton, Phil Croucher, and Peter Baker, who are experienced and seasoned consultants in the field, which explains the hands on style in which the book is written. [click to continue…]

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LM125In June of 2012 I first wrote a blog post about Location Based Logistics, in which I argued that in the future parcels would no longer be delivered to addresses (Ship-to Address) , but to persons (Ship-to Person), where-ever that person is or will be. We would need to trust the parcel carrier with the knowledge of our location, and plans for our day, as they need to route packages to where you are or will be on a certain day, on a certain time. For this to be successful the systems and distribution network used by the shipper need to be flexible enough to cope with changes in the routines of the Ship-to Persons.

A new patent that was granted to Amazon last month has the potential to grow into a Ship-to Person system. The patent describes a system dubbed ‘Anticipatory shipping’: [click to continue…]

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